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Pro-League: Twice, the Blues Narrowly Fail

Following the Pro League, the Blues are in Valencia this Tuesday and Wednesday May 17 and 18, 2022 before going to London on Saturday and Sunday May 21 and 22, 2022 to face England. In this second match in Valencia (Spain), the Blues lost in the last minute of the match: Frustrating. Throwback to the match of the French Men’s Team against Spain this Wednesday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 11:30 a.m. 

Spain 1-0 France

With the absence of Victor Charlet, the armband was François Goyet’s arm. Dressed in red, the Blues are keen to repair the defeat of the day before. Also note that Arthur Thieffry celebrates his 90th in the tricolor goals. Like the day before, it is the Blues who have the ball. The start of the game is choppy, the faults are numerous on both sides. The first hot situation comes from an entry into the circle of Charles Masson but the number 11 tricolor cannot shoot because of a well grouped Spanish defense (7 ‘). Spain responded quickly and it was the young Gaspard Xavier, with a saving return, who saved his team (8′). The end of the quarter is marked by several chances to score thanks to the 3 Small Corners. The defense as well as Arthur Thieffry are intractable (9′). The match is rough, and like the day before, the two teams observe each other. The Blues get their first real attempt to score with a PC in the 21st minute. Without the usual French cannon, it was Antonin Igau who took care of the first attempt: his shot was nicely pushed back by the defender at the post (21′). At the end of the first half, Spain did not go far from opening the scoring with a shot that went just wide (29′) and a fourth PC saved (30′). his shot is nicely repelled by the defender at the post (21′). At the end of the first half, Spain did not go far from opening the scoring with a shot that went just wide (29′) and a fourth PC saved (30′). his shot is nicely repelled by the defender at the post (21′). At the end of the first half, Spain did not go far from opening the scoring with a shot that went just wide (29′) and a fourth PC saved (30’). 

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Antonin Igau (c) FIH

The second half resumes in Valencia, under a blazing sun. The supporters, like the day before, are numerous and encourage their players. Note that the Blues were supported by many French people on the spot. In an excellent match, Arthur Thieffry shines in a one-on-one duel against a Spanish striker. The goalkeeper made the right choice and won his duel (36′). Q3 is again chopped, the chances are few but it is the players of Max Caldas who dominate. At the end of the quarter, the Blues push without however obtaining a great chance to score. The defensive PC of the Blues continue to be perfect: a 6th and last PC saves (48 ‘). The Blues responded with a shot from Etienne Tynevez at the start of the circle (50′). Finally, the best chance of the Blues comes from a 2nd Small French Corner: Timothée Clément comes up against the Spanish defense (51′). The match does not find a winner, until a loss of tricolor ball. On the counterattack, Spain hit the mark through Joaquin Meninin (1-0 59’). The Blues are defeated. 

RDV this Saturday and Sunday in London for two confrontations against England Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. always live and for free on the watch.hockey application 

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